Baobab: A unique African tree with a fascinating history

Found throughout Africa, the “upside-down tree” is instantly recognisable by its unusual root-like branches which are seasonally devoid of foliage. It thrives in the hotter, drier areas of the continent thanks to its massive trunk which can hold up to 300 litres of water.
The fruit of the tree is round or oval shaped, with a furry coating around a hard shell. This shell protects a number of seeds which are embedded in a whitish, powdery-soft pulp called “monkey bread”. This pulp gives rise to the tree’s other nickname, the “monkey bread tree”.
Today, we know that baobab fruit pulp has a high vitamin C content. It contains significant levels of calcium, potassium, thiamine, niacin and riboflavin; tests have also confirmed its importance as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. In addition, baobab fruit is anti-pyretic which means it can reduce fevers, while its analgesic properties help to provide pain relief.

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